Selected Poems and Fragments

ISBN-10: 0140424164

ISBN-13: 9780140424164

Edition: 1998 (Abridged)

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Friedrich Holderlin (1770 - 1843) is now recognised as one of Europe's supreme poets. Although he was scarcely known to his contemporaries and became deeply unstable in the latter part of his life, he produced, writes Michael Hamburger, a poetic work 'rich in potentialities and possibilities for the "future ages " in which he placed his hope'. Holderlin found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote to Susette Gontard, the wife of a rich banker to whose children he was tutor. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history from mythological times to his own era. The 'Canticles of Night', by contrast, include enigmatic fragments in an unprecedented style, which anticipates the Symbolists and Surrealists. Throughout his career, he struggled to reconcile his faith in the power of Nature, as embodied in the gods of ancient Greece, with conventional Christianity. In this superb bilingual selection, Hamburger has produced the definitive English version of a giant of German literature.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594

Michael Hamburger was born on March 22, 1924 in Berlin, Germany. His family moved to the United Kingdom in 1933 as Adolf Hitler was coming to power. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, where he read modern languages (French and German). During World War II, he was drafted in the army as an infantryman. After the war, he held a series of teaching positions, initially in Germanic studies, on both sides of the Atlantic, including University College London, Reading University, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and the University of California at San Diego. He was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and many volumes of essays including Flowering Cactus, Collected Poems, and String of Beginnings. He was also a critic and translator of German works. He received numerous translation awards including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe Medal in 1986, and the European Translation Prize in 1990. He died on June 7, 2007 at the age of 83.

The German lyric poet John Christian Friedrich H�lderlin was born in 1770. Admired for his ability to re-create the forms of classical Greek poetry in German verse, Holderlin also completed the novel Hyperion. Holderlin studied theology at the University of Tubingen, where he obtained a Master's degree. As a young man he worked as a tutor, including in the house of a wealthy Frankfurt banker, where he and his employer's wife, Susette, fell in love. After a short, happy affair, Holderlin was forced to leave. Though he was shaken by the experience, Holderlin created much of his finest work during this period, including elegies and odes. Shortly thereafter, Holderlin began to suffer from schizophrenia and composed several poems that were notable for their apocalyptic grandeur. For the last thirty-six years of his life, he suffered from chronic mental illness. Holderlin died in 1843.

Bibliographical note
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Descriptive Poetry
To Diotima
Diotima ('Bliss of the heavenly Muse ...')
To the Fates
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent and, strange to them ...')
To Her Genius
Plea for Forgiveness
Then and Now
The Course of Life ('High my spirit aspired ...')
Human Applause
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...')
Good Faith
Her Recovery ('Nature, she who's your friend ...')
The Unpardonable
To the Young Poets
To the Germans ('Do not laugh ...')
The Sanctimonious Poets
To Our Great Poets
Socrates and Alcibiades
The Angry Poet
The Root of All Evil
Hyperion's Song of Fate
In my boyhood days ...
The Spirit of the Age
Evening Fantasy
In the Morning
The River Main
My Possessions
To Princess Augusta of Homburg
Go down, then, lovely sun ...
To the Germans ('Never laugh at ...')
Heidelberg (Alcaic version)
The Neckar
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...')
The Course of Life ('More you also desired ...')
Her Recovery ('Nature, look, your most loved ...')
The Farewell (second version)
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent, unknown ...')
Return to the Homeland
The Ancestral Portrait
The Departed
Exhortation (second version)
Nature and Art or Saturn and Jupiter
Sung beneath the Alps
The Poet's Vocation
Voice of the People (second version)
The Blind Singer
To Hope
The Poet's Courage (first version)
The Fettered River
The Archipelago
Menon's Lament for Diotima
The Traveller
Bread and Wine
The Ages of Life
Half of Life
The Nook at Hardt
As on a holiday ...
At the Source of the Danube
The Journey
The Rhine
Celebration of Peace
The Only One (first version)
The Only One (second version)
Patmos (fragments of the later version)
The Ister
Mnemosyne (third version)
German Song
Home ('And no one knows ...')
For when the grape-vine's sap ...
On fallow foliage ...
What is the life of men ...
What is God? ...
To the Virgin Mary
The Titans
At one time I questioned the Muse ...
But when the heavenly ...
The Eagle
You firmly built alps ...
Whatever is Nearest (third version)
When there's a flaming ...
For from the abyss ...
Narcissi ...
In Socrates' Time
Greece (third version)
If from the distance ...
On the Birth of a Child
The world's agreeable things ...
To Zimmer ('The lines of life ...')
The Merry Life
The Walk
Spring ('New day descends ...')
Summer ('When then the blooms ...')
Summer ('Still you can see ...')
Autumn ('Nature's bright gleam ...')
Winter ('When past, unseen ...')
Spring ('When springtime from the depth ...')
Index of German first lines
Index of English first lines
Index of German titles
Index of English titles
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